Walk Free

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Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: modern slavery.

Started 7 petitions

Petitioning All Governments

Bring an end to Forced Labour globally

Your country must act quickly to adopt and implement the new international law to prevent abuses, protect victims, as well as punish those that force people to work in conditions of slavery. We have already waited decades for this tough new global standard against forced labour. The people trapped on farms, in mines, in factories and in all the other places where forced labour flourishes shouldn’t have to wait while our policy-makers drag their heels to put this law into practice. All countries must prioritise this effort to end forced labour: call on the Government of your country to adopt this new law immediately.  This law – known as the Protocol of 2014 to Convention 29 -– creates new responsibilities for governments in the fight against forced labour, the key measures cover: Prevention. Governments are obligated to create national action plans to tackle forced labour and support business to root out and respond to forced labour in their supply chains. Better protection for victims. This includes the safeguarding of vulnerable migrant workers against fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices. Justice. Victims are now protected from prosecution for crimes they may have committed as a direct result of their forced labour. They also have access to justice, including the ability to claim for compensation for the abuses they have experienced, where they occurred. Our collective voice can keep forced labour on the agenda and ensure swift action by the Government of your country. Act now!    

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12 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Najib Balala

End sexual exploitation of children in Kenya

The last place you should expect to find a child is in a brothel; yet for 17-year-old Phoebe from Kenya, this is her life. (Name changed to protect her identity) Phoebe comes from a poor family. When she dropped out of school, she went in search of a better life – instead she has been forced to have group sex with tourists for no money. Reports indicate that more than 50,000 children are involved in different forms of commercial sexual exploitation. It is most common along the Kenyan Coast where the majority of tourism activities take place – in fact sex offenders travel to Kenya for this very reason: to prey on these vulnerable victims. No child should be forced into the commercial sex industry for their survival. We must ensure that these predators keep their hands off Kenya's children. Join Walk Free and Child Aid Organization Kenya in calling on the Kenyan government to declare zero tolerance of commercial sexual exploitation of children, backed by regular monitoring and law enforcement.

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13 supporters
Petitioning Member States of the UN Security Council

United Nations: end slavery in conflict

Over three thousand women and girls have been forced into sexual slavery by ISIS during the conflict in Iraq and Syria. But the horror doesn’t end there — men, women, boys and girls all over the world have been forced into slavery during conflict. Randa, a 16 year old girl was abducted by ISIS along with her heavily-pregnant mother from northern Iraq. Forced into slavery Randa was taken and raped by a man twice her age. Esther Ruth Atim was kidnapped from Uganda when she was 9 years old by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Christian militia. “Rape was on a daily basis. I was raped so I couldn’t even move … like a normal (person) ... I could only move like a jumping frog.” Last December the UN Security Council took the first steps towards ending slavery in conflict as some members acknowledged ISIS’s use of slavery as a war crime. We must continue to push the Security Council to protect survivors of slavery and prosecute those responsible for war crimes. Swift action could prevent human trafficking and sexual slavery in conflicts all over the world now and forever.

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8 supporters
Petitioning HE Dr Abdullah bin Saleh al-Khulaifi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Qatar

End Forced Labour in Qatar

Bide Majakoti knows the horror of forced labour in Qatar first-hand. He travelled from Nepal on the promise of a well-paid job and paid high recruitment fees to secure it. When he arrived he was forced to accept a different job and his nightmare began. Unfortunately, as construction for the football World Cup 2022 intensifies, more migrant workers will be vulnerable to forced labour than ever before. Over 90% of Qatar’s workforce are migrant workers, brought to the country under kafala, the ‘sponsorship’ system. It is a foreign worker sponsorship programme that jeopardises basic human rights of migrant workers, allowing slavery-like conditions to flourish leaving thousands vulnerable to forced labour and other human rights abuses. Bide was forced to work in the blistering heat without safety precautions or pay. With no other option open to him, he returned home saddled with debt. While Bide ultimately returned home to tell his story, thousands of others never get that chance. Many others’ experiences are even worse; workers often have their wages withheld, are denied exit visas, are housed in dirty, unsafe conditions and forced to work long hours with little rest despite the high heat. Right now we have an opportunity to help. The Minister of Labour made promises to make substantial reform to the kafala system, ensuring the protection of migrant workers. We’ve seen significant improvements to the kafala system in Bahrain, Kuwait and other neighbouring countries. Now it’s time for Qatar to safeguard its migrant workers. Call on the Minister of Labour to deliver on critical reforms he promised and end the forced labour in Qatar.

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13 supporters
Petitioning President Mahamadou Issoufou

OUTLAW FORCED CHILD MARRIAGE IN NIGER

Three-quarters of girls in Niger are married before they are adults.[1] Child marriage often amounts to slavery, for example, when girls have not given their free and full consent, are subjected to control, exploited and unable to leave,[2] so outlawing it is an important step towards protecting Niger children. Right now young girls are being married off to older men. Fati Yahaya at just 20 has been married twice, divorced once, and suffered a postpartum hemorrhage after the birth of her first child.[3] With the age of consent for girls set at 15 years old, and many marrying younger with parental permission, thousands of girls like Zeinabou and Fati face a life of abuse and unrealised potential. President Mahamadou Issoufou has publicly declared his intent to address the causes of child marriage through programs that he says will reduce the prevalence of early marriages from 60 to 40 percent.[4] In addition, a law has been proposed to change the age to 18 for girls but it is yet to be adopted.  Call on Niger’s President to outlaw the child marriage of girls. 1.http://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/jahia-publications/documents/publications/2012/ChildMarriage_8_annex1_indicator-definition.pdf2. http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/when-does-child-marriage-become-slavery/3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/girls-education-niger_564ddb93e4b031745ceff27b4. ibid.  

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19 supporters
Petitioning Trakul Winitnaiyapak, Attorney General

Drop the charges against Andy Hall now

    “This is about persecution. It’s a political case to try and silence me… I’m someone that’s revealing things that the government and the industry don’t want me to reveal.” – Andy Hall[1] Human rights activist, Andy Hall, faces time in prison for reporting on labour rights abuses in the Thailand pineapple industry. In 2013 a report was published that included some of Andy’s research that contained allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in the Natural Fruit factory, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Instead of looking into the allegations, Natural Fruit targeted Andy. He was hauled into court on charges of computer crime and criminal defamation. Despite an international outcry, Natural Fruit have not backed down [2]. We now need to call on the Thai government to do the right thing and ensure that all charges against Andy Hall are dropped. The Thai authorities are already facing global scrutiny for not doing enough to protect workers from abuse — the latest ‘US Trafficking in Persons’ report gives Thailand the lowest score for action to tackle trafficking.[3] Andy is due in court on the 18 January 2016 and faces up to 7 years in prison. Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that these charges are dropped now.   Sources 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvXe6TjdPE 2. http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/ 3. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/tip2015statements.html

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5,531 supporters
Petitioning Trakul Winitnaiyapak, Attorney General

Drop the charges against Andy Hall now

  “This is about persecution. It’s a political case to try and silence me… I’m someone that’s revealing things that the government and the industry don’t want me to reveal.” – Andy Hall[1] Human rights activist, Andy Hall, faces time in prison for reporting on labour rights abuses in the Thailand pineapple industry. In 2013 a report was published that included some of Andy’s research that contained allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in the Natural Fruit factory, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Instead of looking into the allegations, Natural Fruit targeted Andy. He was hauled into court on charges of computer crime and criminal defamation. Despite an international outcry, Natural Fruit have not backed down [2]. We now need to call on the Thai government to do the right thing and ensure that all charges against Andy Hall are dropped. The Thai authorities are already facing global scrutiny for not doing enough to protect workers from abuse — the latest ‘US Trafficking in Persons’ report gives Thailand the lowest score for action to tackle trafficking.[3] Andy is due in court on the 18 January 2016 and faces up to 7 years in prison. Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that these charges are dropped now.   Sources 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvXe6TjdPE 2. http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/ 3. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/tip2015statements.html

Walk Free
5,531 supporters